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Caterina Minelli

Caterina Minelli

Principal scientist

Areas of interest

Caterina Minelli is the Science Area Leader of the Surface Technology group and leads NPL’s research into the development of the metrology underpinning the industrial exploitation of nanoparticle and particle systems, with focus on development and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and nanomedicines. Caterina drives related international standardisation efforts and acts as an expert in a number of standard technical committees, including the ISO TC229 (Nanotechnologies), ISO TC24/SC4 (Particle characterisation) and ASTM E56.08 (Nano-enabled materials).

As NPL lead for medicines manufacturing, Caterina liaises with pharmaceutical companies, instrument manufacturers and international measurement experts to support measurement innovation in the manufacturing of both traditional and novel medicines and vaccines. She coordinates related activities across several groups at NPL and is technical advisor to the UK Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

Caterina is a chartered physicist and a fellow of the Institute of Physics.


Caterina Minelli studied physics in Florence, Italy, and obtained a PhD in Nanotechnology from the École Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2004. Between 2001 and 2004, Caterina gained industry-focused experience working at the Swiss Center for Electronic and Microtechnology. Caterina was awarded the International Fellowship for Young Scientists to work at the Biomaterials Center of the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science between 2005 and 2006 where she investigated blood coagulation mechanism on nanostructured surfaces. Afterwards, she moved to the UK to work at Imperial College London, where she was awarded the competitive EU Marie Curie Fellowship to work on peptide-based nanoscale systems for cancer therapy and diagnostics. Caterina joined NPL in July 2010. In 2014, she was seconded to the former Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to work at the development of the Science and Innovation Strategy published by the UK Government in December 2014.

Selected Publications

Caterina authored over 60 peer-reviewed research papers and regularly contributes to ISO and ASTM standards. Below is a list of selected publications, while a complete list can be found at this link.

  • C. Minelli, M. Wywijas, et al., Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) Interlaboratory Study on Measuring the Number Concentration of Colloidal Gold Nanoparticles, in press (2022).
  • S. Wren, C. Minelli, et al., Evaluation of particle size techniques to support the development of manufacturing scale nanoparticles for application in pharmaceuticals, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 109 (2020) 2284-2293.
  • J. Austin, C. Minelli, et al., Nanoparticle number concentration measurements by multi-angle dynamic light scattering, Journal of Nanoparticle Research 22 (2020) 1-15.
  • B.C. Nelson, C. Minelli, et al., Emerging Standards and Analytical Science for Nanoenabled Medical Products, Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry 13 (2020) 431 - 452.
  • C. Minelli, D. Bartczak, et al., A sticky measurement problem: number concentration of agglomerated nanoparticles, Langmuir 35 (2019) 4927-4935.

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